As of today, the Ochs Center will no longer be researching the Chattanooga region, officials with the center say.
The more than 50 year old research institute, known for its probing reports on health, education, housing and violence will be closing it doors because it can no longer afford to stay open, officials say.
As more data became available online and local foundations changed their funding priorities, the center struggled to find a way to sustain its efforts.
"It is a sad day for Chattanooga," said Ken Chilton, who headed Ochs for two years. "Every city needs that depository of knowledge and information and analysis of data to make good policy."
A note on the Ochs Center's website says that employees that once worked for Ochs will still be available to help community organizations with data analysis as independent consultants.